An Olympic champion from Truro has been selected to be part of Team GB at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Truro’s double Olympic champion, Helen Glover, was officially selected yesterday (June 9) to represent her country in Team GB’s rowing team for the Tokyo games being held in July.

Glover, 34, had set herself the goal to return for a third games after having given birth to three boys since 2019.

She will be rowing in the pair with former teammate, Polly Swann.

Glover has won 20 successive international regattas in the pair, forming one of the modern era's finest crews with Heather Stanning.

Swann also contributed to that unbeaten streak and they combined to become world champions in 2013.

The pair won their first race back at the European Championships

Helen said: "This announcement is something that was just a nice dream to have.

"It didn't feel like it was going to happen.

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"It was just nice having that little daydream to train to and think about.

"My reality was very different, my reality was staying up all night with the twins and trying to fit in sessions here and there.

"To be here today is the biggest achievement of my career.

"Before it has always been about performance and about that result at the Olympics.

"This was not just about getting onto the team, it's what that represents."

"It represents something to my children, this was showing them what commitment and passion looks like.

"It is also for the wider community of people who have been so vocal in their support of me from when I announced my comeback.

"I thought maybe if I made the team, there would be a really nice positive outpouring, but it's amazing how much it came from saying I was going to try.

"I wanted to try, I could have failed and that makes today feel like much more of a moment than it ever has done.

"At my other two Olympics, it was a day to tick off in the journey. This feels like a moment I can celebrate and then get really excited and optimistic about what's to come."